Home invader nets prison sentence

Published 5:46 pm Thursday, December 16, 2010

handcuffsCASSOPOLIS — An Elkhart man got his second prison sentence in the past month on Friday.

Phillip Brown, 20, was sentenced Friday by Cass County Circuit Court Judge Michael Dodge to 51 months to 20 years in prison for breaking into a home in Edwardsburg.

Brown was sentenced to prison for separate offenses of breaking and entering and attempted home invasion on Nov. 12. The sentences will all run concurrently, according to Dodge.

Assistant Prosecutor Tiffiny Vohwinkle told the court that the victim said Brown “had terrorized the neighborhood.”

“Although he looks like a young boy … this is a very serious offense,” Vohwinkle said.

For his part, Brown apologized and said he accepted responsibility for his actions.

He also claimed that he was on Xanax at the time of the offense, which led to the poor decision.

“Otherwise it wouldn’t have happened,” he said. “It was a one-night thing. I was hanging out with bad people. It was a bad situation.”

The crime took place Sept. 27 at 1:30 a.m. Brown broke into the home while the residents were inside and stole an iPod Nano.